Squash in Thunder Bay Gaining Momentum And Giving Back
By Steven Bill, Thunder Bay Squash Association - July 27, 2019
The squash season has officially ended in Northwestern Ontario for another year. Not vegetable squash, mind you. That season has just begun. No, I’m talking about the sport that is played by over 20 million people in some 50,000 courts across 185 countries. And yet, oddly, a sport so few in our own community have even heard of, let alone tried playing. With a resurgence in the game over the past few years, all signs seem to indicate that this trend is changing fast!
Proudly presenting $2,800 to the Northern Cancer Fund to support exceptional cancer care in Northwestern Ontario are members of the Silver Fox Squash Cancer Charity Tournament Committee (left), with Karen Wood, Special Events Officer, Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation (right).
Thunder Bay Squash Association
One of the biggest signs of squash’s growing momentum in the city is the revival of the Thunder Bay Squash Association (TBSA). After a few low key years, former committee members convened with new blood to reignite the board, establishing a full complement of board members intent on building upon the foundation of the sport that had been laid in the city over the past 20-30 years. The TBSA is responsible for a number of squash-related activities throughout the year, including the Balmoral Squash Open in November, the Junior Squash program, sending players to out of town tournaments, and working with the Complex toward ensuring the facilities are up to snuff.
Tournaments and Fundraising
For the spring tournament, the Squash Cancer Charity Tournament joined forces with the Silver Fox Squash Tournament to become the Silver Fox Squash Cancer Charity Tournament. The 25th annual tournament saw 65 players sign up for a weekend of competitive squash, fun socials (both at Sleeping Giant Brewery and Tony Roma’s) and fundraising for two great local charities: The Northern Cancer Care Fund and the Underground Gym. A cheque for $2,800 was presented to each charity. Not only is the squash community passionate about the game, but we’re also passionate about giving back to the city/region we love so much!
We recognize that Thunder Bay is always going to be a hockey and Nordic sports town, and we celebrate that; but it’s important to note that underdog sports like squash are also leaving a humble but influential mark in our city. If you’ve never considered it, we encourage anyone, regardless of age, to give it a try. Not only is squash inexpensive, it offers a great way to stay fit during the winter, a wonderful community, an opportunity to give back to our community through our charity tournaments, and much more!